Gene editing gives researchers a fast, reliable way to make precise changes in specific genes. But its use in farming is in the balance after a European ruling last year equated it with heavily regulated genetic modification.
News agency reports from China say tech giants Alibaba and JD.com are using facial and voice recognition technology to monitor the health of pigs in their stalls, and to track any coughs or changes in behavior in the animals.
From battling disease in banana crops to overcoming avian flu, scientists are seeking wider acceptance for gene editing technology use in agriculture.
Sensors and software monitor pigs and workers in real time and in new ways.
The 2018 6th International Conference on Agriculture and Biotechnology (ICABT 2018) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand,December 19-21, 2018. ICABT 2018 is sponsored by the Hong Kong Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (HKCBEES) and Chulaongkorn University, Thailand.
The Pest Risk Information Service (Prise) uses data from satellites and weather stations to predict when disease or pest infestations will hit crops, giving farmers time to prepare.
Researchers have created a tiny array of sensors coated with polymers that can detect the unique bouquet of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that plants emit in response to different stressors.
The insects would carry genetically engineered viruses that could be deployed rapidly if critical crops such as corn or wheat became vulnerable to a drought, a natural blight or a sudden attack by a biological weapon.
Printed meals, edible bar codes, and facial-recognition technology for cows are among the innovations transforming the food industry.
The objectives of the Biosecurity Intelligence Team Implementation Project will be to improve integration and collaboration of science and intelligence in a way that enables more efficient forecasting of biosecurity threat warning, analysis and targeting.